Stone Cold Steve Austin held 19 championships throughout his wrestling career, as he is a six-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion—thus making him the fifth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history—while also being a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WCW World Television Champion, a one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion in WCW.
He was also the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring tournament as well as the 1997, 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumbles, making him the only three-time winner of the event. Furthermore, he was awarded the unsanctioned Million Dollar Championship by Ted DiBiase.
Austin has main evented multiple pay-per-view events for the WWE, including three WrestleManias (XIV, XV and X-Seven). He was forced to retire from in-ring competition in 2003 due to a series of knee injuries and a serious neck injury.
Throughout the rest of 2003 and 2004, he was featured as the Co-General Manager and Sheriff of Raw. Since 2005, he has continued to make occasional appearances and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 by Vince McMahon.
In 2011, Austin returned to WWE to host the reboot of the reality series Tough Enough! During the latest edition of his show, Austin revealed why the feud with Hulk Hogan didn’t happen: “Brother, it was there the moment we walked in the ring.
Such as it would have been there if you had ever wrestled me. That’s what would have happened. That’s what it would have been. We could have looked at each each other, and the roof would have blown off the place. You were so over at the time, and they hated me so much from trying to put WWE out of business for ten years.
It would have been great. Dude, I was in such a different headspace back when that window of opportunity presented itself. And sometimes I kick myself in the ass over it now. I think, ‘Man…’ I don’t know, I just was so frazzled towards the end, I was just in a bad space. And I don’t know, it just, it never happened, and it should have happened”.